About the Communicators

Hispanic Communicators DFW or HCDFW is an organization of journalists, public relations, marketing, advertising professionals, educators, students and others committed to the fields of communication. We believe in furthering the visibility and role of Latinos within these fields.

Our group was founded on November 19, 1981 as the Network of Hispanic Communicators. Since then we’ve been influential in the development of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and other communications organizations. As of May 28, 2008, HCDFW became the official Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the NAHJ.

We are a 501 c(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization. Some of our members are full-time employees of area newspapers, television stations, advertising firms, public relations agencies and universities. Others are independent professionals or students looking to start their careers.

Our goals:

  • Provide mutual support for one another
  • Encourage Latinos to enter the communication professions
  • Promote the fair portrayal of Latinos in the media
  • Build a broader understanding of the unique interests and concerns of Latinos communicators


1981 Diana Marquis, KERA

1982-83 Maggie Rivas, WFAA

1984 Yolette Garcia, KERA

1986-88 Ernie Sotomayor, The Dallas Times Herald

1988-90 Gilbert Bailon, The Dallas Morning News

1990-92 Mercedes Olivera, The Dallas Morning News

1992-93 Anna Macias, The Dallas Morning News

1993-95 Gary Piña, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

1995-97 Anna Martinez, WFAA-TV Channel 8

1997-99 Nora Lopez, The Dallas Morning News

1999-01 MariCarmen Eroles, The Dallas Morning News

2001-02 Dino Chiecchi, The Associated Press

2002-04 Cynthia Garcia, Telemundo KXTX Channel 39

2004-06 Ana Barrera, The Dallas Morning News

2006-08 Stella Chavez, The Dallas Morning News

2012 Amanda Salinas, KDAF WB 33

2013-2015 Saul Garza, KDFW FOX 4